These are just a handful of the different signs that your aging parent(s) may need help. While accepting help is another thing entirely, these are just a few of the indicators to be aware of:
- Home items broken or not in use: If you visit the home of the elderly and notice many of their appliances are either broken or no longer used, it could be a sign help is needed. Additional signs include a yard or a home’s interior in need of maintenance and/or cleaning. Things that have gone ignored for an extended period.
- Lack of attentiveness to regular tasks: You may be visiting your parent when you notice that their groceries are expired, rotting, and not removed from the refrigerator – this may be coupled with the realization that the person has not been consuming a healthy diet and he or she may demonstrate some weight loss.
- Behavior changes: Sudden aggression, irritation, aggravation, mood swings, depression, and extremes in emotion may indicate some changes in the brain. A change in motivation and one’s energy levels may also be noted. With changes in mood, one may also note a loss of interest in the things that once interested your parent.
- Poor Hygienic practices: Whether it is a reduction in the quality of care one gives him or herself in the realm of hygienic practices is an indicator something is wrong. Things that go hand-in-hand with poor hygiene include clothing that is mismatched or disheveled and inadequate self-care, dental care, or a lack of showering, and bathing.
- Forgetfulness: It is not uncommon to become somewhat forgetful as we age, but it is when the forgetfulness begins to hinder one’s healthy lifestyle that it becomes indicative of problems. For example, if the elderly requires daily medications and continues to forget these, then this could be a sign of something being amiss.
- Inability to manage personal life: If bills go unpaid or fall into collections when the elderly is typically a responsible person, it should cause you to ask questions. In addition, if there are a number of appointments missed, this could be due to forgetfulness and should be looked into.
- Mobility issues: If your parent has trouble getting up from a seat, sitting down, walking, climbing stairs, and general movement, it could mean they require some kind of assistance.
- Unexplained events: When events that occur with no explanation, like car accidents, dents, scratches, or even unexplained bruising on the elderly, this may prove a cause of concern.
When our parents are accidentally compromising their well-being and health, loved one’s need to come together to tackle the issue. A decision needs to be made that will best assist them in the future, whether that be in a community for senior living or for retirees, or care in the home from a family member. Every family’s decision and situation is unique. At www.carltonseniorliving.com we take all of those different factors into consideration.